| May 12, 2011 |
Blog compiles list of top 20 African American interior designers
Boh staff
By Staff

Every time she delivered a speech to high school students or sat on a panel for a discussion about interior design, African American designer and blog editor Kimberly Ward of Pink Eggshell knew she represented the minority.

"When I am featured in magazines and other media outlets, the question that repeatedly arises is, who are the top African American designers?" said Ward.

The question prompted her to compile a list. she took suggestions from other designers, design center staff from around the country, local realtors and home builders.

Kimbery Ward

She submitted the semi-final list to colleagues for scrutiny and came out with the following:

Atlanta: Janice Palmer, Ydesign International and Michel Boyd, Smith Boyd Interiors

Chicago: Erin Shakoor, Shakoor Interiors; Afiya H. Kumar, AHA Designs; and Keitha Brathwaite, Contrast Design

Columbia, SC: Joan Goodwin, Vernandah Interiors

Houston: Kimberly Ward, Kimberly +Cameron

Los Angeles: Lisa Turner, Interior Obsessions and Ron Woodson, Wodson and Rum

Miami: Venus Williams, Vstarr Interiors and Cecil Hayes            

New York: Joy Moyler; Marian Akinloye, MA Design Studio; Courtney Sloane; Kim Myles; Robin Wilson, Robin Wilson Home; Elaine Griffin; and Sheila Bridges

Tempe, AZ: Nyla Simone Home          

Washington DC: Darryl Carter

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